A Report released recently ranked Canada as the 19th best place to grow up as a girl. Compiled by Save the Children, the report ranks countries according to the opportunity that girls have to shape their futures and reach their full potential.
Canada ranked ahead of countries like Australia (21) and the United States (32). Canada did worse against Sweden which ranked No. 1, followed by Finland (2), Norway (3), Netherlands (4), Belgium (5), Denmark (6), Slovenia (7), Portugal (8), Switzerland (9), Italy (10), Spain (11), Germany (12), Austria (13), Luxembourg (14), United Kingdom (15), New Zealand (16), Israel (17), and France which was ranked at No. 18.
Some low income countries demonstrate that change is possible. Nepal is performing relatively well compared to its peers. This is due in part to its relatively good lower-secondary school completion rate for girls, which, at 86%, is similar to Spain’s.
Considered in the report are opportunities that girls have around schooling, the prevalence of child marriage, teen pregnancy, maternal deaths and the number of women in parliament.
The worst places to be a girl are some of the poorest countries in the world. African nations fared the worst with Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia being ranked at the bottom of the index. The report states, “All countries at the bottom of the ranking must focus urgently on ensuring that policy and practice uphold girls’ rights in health and education, as well as in the household.”